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Eating Healthy on a Budget Is Possible Find Out How Now

Eating healthy is a struggle for many older adults, due to high food prices, fixed incomes and physical limitations, which can make shopping and cooking a challenge.  Furthermore, with too little food or too much processed food such as salty canned soups or fatty frozen dinners, chronic conditions worsen and make eating healthy a challenge. In this article you will find valuable information, showing you it is possible to eat healthy within your budget.

Facts  You Should Know

“It is not unusual to find seniors eating cereal for dinner,” said Jennifer Hinson, the nutrition services manager at Lifelong, a nonprofit group that offers programs to people living with chronic conditions. Unfortunately,  many seniors will frequently run out of food before the end of the month, too often resulting in a poor diet.

Unfortunately, there is a reluctance among low-income older adults to use Food Stamps.  However, the use of Food Stamps could help improve the quality of eating and improve health, thus improving allover quality of life. Nationally, only a third of people age 60 and older, who qualify for the assistance program, are enrolled.  So please consider finding out if you qualify for this and other government programs for seniors.  Bear in mind, there is no shame attached to accepting government help.

Eating Healthy Ideas

To improve food availability among older people, the AARP Foundation awarded nearly $2 million in Hunger Innovation Grants this year to 10 programs nationwide that go beyond food banks.

However, Food Bank staples help provide ingredients for eating healthy meals which can be prepared simply and take nutrition, fiber, fat and salt into account. There are recipes that use easy-to-find ingredients and common food bank staples such as oats and beans.  Dishes range from familiar standards, such as spaghetti sauce with three ingredients – tomatoes-onions and garlic, to quinoa which is rich in minerals and vitamins or whole wheat pasta.

Flavor is Everything

It’s easy to fall into bad habits as you age, however, you don’t want to eat boring, bland health foods either. Those who are on low salt diets may like substitutes such as Mrs. Dash.  Personally  I like the original, however, there are a variety of combinations. This is where herbs can enhance the flavor of your food without adding sugar or fat.

The use of herbs to flavor food is great, however, fresh or dried herbs can be expensive, but there’s a way to get around that. By growing them in small pots in your kitchen, you will cut down on expenses and enjoy them year round.  Moreover, you don’t even need to purchase pots. You can plant seeds by putting small rocks or pebbles in the bottom of a container for good drainage or even a tea cup that’s not used, put soil in and plant the seed. In addition, old egg cartons are a great way to start the seeds growing and then transplant them into your containers. The seeds can be purchased at a local nursery, Walmart, Home Depot or Lowe’s Hardware stores,  or other local hardware stores like ACE.

Other Resource Ideas

Some Senior Citizen Centers have classes on nutritional cooking, which is a great way to try new things and to eat better, lose weight and help you eat more vegetables. As for healthy produce, that is pricey at the food store, try your Farmers Market.  Frequently they are lower in price at your local Farmers Market.

Eating Healthy with Some of The Most Nutritional Foods:

Vegetables
 greens: romaine, kale, raw spinach and collards
 carrots
 Brussels sprouts
 peppers
 squash
 sweet potatoes (yams)
 celery
 avocado
 green beans
 peas
 asparagus
 parsley
 onions
 garlic
 broccoli
Fruit
 all berries
 cantaloupe
 all melons
 bananas
 mangoes
 grapefruit
 oranges
 grapes
 pineapple
 cranberries
 apples
Nuts (raw)
 almonds
 walnuts
 cashews
 brazil
Seeds (raw)
 flax
 sunflower
 pumpkin
 sesame
Grain
 oats
 millet
 quinoa
 buckwheat
 spelt
 barley
 wheat
Legumes
 chick peas
 black-eyed peas
 black beans
 pinto beans
 small white beans
Fats (Healthy)
 avocado oil
 flax oil
 pumpkin oil
 olive oil
Animal Products
 wild Pacific sockeye salmon
 skinless chicken breasts
 free range eggs
 yogurt
 goat’s cheese
 cottage cheese
Natural sweeteners
 molasses
 unpasteurized honey
 frozen juice concentrates
 blended dates and raisins

Year Round Gardening Check List

Gardening for many is a year-round pastime set to the rhythms of the seasons. While the timing of tasks varies from region to region, California Bountiful’s gardening expert, Pat Rubin, offers the following as a general checklist.
January
• Prune fruit trees and clean up all debris around the base of
the trees. Apply new mulch.
• Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies, yarrow, ornamental grasses
and other perennials.
• Direct seed peas, radishes, lettuce and spinach in the vegetable
garden.
February
• Spray apricot trees to prevent brown rot. If you haven’t
applied a dormant spray, do so before buds start to swell.
• Trim damaged wood from fruit trees.
• Prune clematis vines.
• Give the inside of the house a lift: Cut branches of early spring
flowering shrubs and bring them indoors. Try forsythia, cherry,
crab-apple, whatever you see blooming.
• Plant (either seeds or purchased plants) snapdragons, Shasta
daisy, bleeding heart and stock.
• In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke,
strawberries and rhubarb. Direct seed radishes, beets and
chard. Start peppers and tomatoes indoors.
• Camellias and azaleas are in bloom. Choose the ones you like
best for your garden.
March
• Prune and fertilize spring flowering shrubs after bloom.
• Feed camellias, roses, annual flowers and berries with a slowrelease
fertilizer.
• Keep pulling weeds.
• Aphids? Hose them off with a strong, but fine spray of water
or use insecticidal soap.
• Watch for signs of slugs and earwigs. Handpick at night or
use bait. Make sure to use one that is not toxic to pets and
children.
• Shop for citrus trees.
• Over-seed bare spots in the lawn.
April
• The first flush of bloom for roses is this month. Now is a good
time to shop for them. Feed roses and make sure they are
watered. Watch for mildew.
• Once all chance of frost is past, start seedlings in the garden.
Easy ones to start outside in the garden include cucumbers,
summer squash, winter squash and beans.
• Look around for containers filled with water, as these can be
breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Dump the water.
• Prune early blooming shrubs—lilacs, forsythia, azalea, quince,
weigela—after they bloom.
• Plant citrus now.
• Transplant tomatoes, eggplant and peppers into the garden
as weather warms. Keep row cover handy in case of cold
weather.
• Direct seed beets, chard and radishes in the garden.
Plant dahlia tubers.
• Check sprinklers to make sure they are covering the ground
evenly.
• Start feeding houseplants on a monthly basis now through October.
May
• Flower seeds to plant include cornflower, four o’clocks,
marigolds, sunflowers and zinnias.
• Deadhead perennials. Groom and stake them as needed.
• Break off old flowers on rhododendrons just above the growth
buds.
• Direct seed melons, cucumber, summer squash, corn and beans.
• Mulch around plants to conserve moisture. Be sure to leave a
small circle of bare soil around each plant.
• Fertilize vegetables monthly.
• Pinch back petunias and fuchsias to encourage bushier growth
and more flowers.
• Keep your lawnmower set at the highest blade setting. This
helps the lawn conserve water.
June
• Water early in the day to conserve water.
• Set mower blades to highest setting; this also conserves water.
• Plant snap beans, lima beans, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers,
squash and tomato plants.
• Fertilize camellias and azaleas.
• Deadhead roses to encourage new blooms.
• Cut cannas to the ground after they bloom and they’ll send up
new stems and bloom again.
• Fertilize citrus.
• Prune oleanders after bloom.
• Pinch back dahlias and mums to encourage new growth for
bushier plants with more blooms.
July

• Prune wisteria now to keep plants under control and for
bigger blooms next spring. Tie some of the strappy stems to
support and encourage them to grow where you want them.
Cut the rest back to within 6 inches of the main branches.
• Wondering when corn is ripe? Silk will start to dry up and
kernels of corn, if pressed with a fi ngernail, will release a milky
liquid.
• Clean up fallen fruit, vegetables and fl owers around plants to
head off future pest problems.
• Cut back Mexican evening primrose for a second fl ush of
bloom in late summer.
• Watch berry vines: Canes that produced fruit need to be cut
down at the end of the season; they won’t bear fruit again.
• Divide and replant irises.
• Plant a second crop of corn, beans and radishes.
August
• Keep harvesting vegetables and deadhead fl owers so the
garden keeps producing.
• Give fruit trees a deep watering. Prune if necessary.
• Fertilize fruit and nut trees.
• Add organic matter to the soil before planting winter
vegetables.
• Fertilize camellias, azaleas and gardenias with chelated iron if
leaves are yellow.
• Feed begonias, fuchsias, annuals and container plants.
• Pinch back mums for more blooms this fall.
September
• Plant native bulbs: ornamental onion (Allium
unifolium), globe lily (Calochortus albus) and mission bells
(Fritillaria bifl ora).
• Sow seeds of poppies, clarkia and lupine.
• Dig, divide and replant overgrown perennials as they fi nish
blooming.
• Now is the best time to sow a new lawn or reseed bare spots.
• Watch for snails. Handpick.
• Add compost to vegetable garden.
• Plant onions and garlic before frost.
• Begin planting cool season annuals like ornamental cabbage,
kale, pansy, primrose and sweet peas.
• Plant cool season vegetables like broccoli, chard, caulifl ower,
lettuce and spinach.
October
• Apply chelated iron to azaleas, gardenias and camellias if
leaves are yellow.
• Clean up the summer garden and compost the remains.
• In high-elevation areas, dig up gladiolus, dahlias and begonias
after the foliage dies. Store in a cool, dark, dry place for the
winter.
• Keep trimming roses.
• Give houseplants a rest. Withhold fertilizer until spring. If
plants have been outside, hose them off before bringing
indoors for the winter.
• To protect citrus from brown rot, keep leaves and fallen fruit
picked up. Prune lower branches to 24 inches above ground.
This prevents fungus spores from splashing up from the
ground.
• Plant daffodils over a three- to four-week period for a long
blooming season next spring.
November
• Chrysanthemums show up in nurseries this month, and they
are spectacular. Choose ones just beginning to bloom for the
longest display in your garden or on your patio.
• Plant cool season annuals: calendula, snapdragons, pansies
and Iceland poppies.
• Fertilize the lawn with a winter-type fertilizer; stop fertilizing
roses.
• Cut rose canes back about 1/3 to keep plants from breaking in
winter storms. Prune away dead and weak branches in shrubs
and trees.
• Clean up fallen leaves and spent fl owers around your plant to
prevent overwintering insects.
• For larger blooms, thin camellia buds.
• Don’t prune evergreen shrubs or citrus.
December
• Watch for bare root plants in nurseries: fruit trees, roses, berries,
vines, shrubs, grapes, artichokes, horseradish, strawberries,
rhubarb and more.
• Pot paper white bulbs in pots to give as gifts.
• Later this month, spray peaches and nectarines with lime
sulfur, copper sulfate or fi xed copper to control peach leaf
curl.
• Cut chrysanthemums to about 8 inches after they bloom.
• If you’re using a living Christmas tree, keep it outside until
just before Christmas, making sure it is well-watered before
bringing it inside.
• Give gardenias, azaleas and camellias chelated iron if leaves
are turning yellow.

Exercise At Any Age

August 14, 2017                           

Exercises for Seniors and Others

Many of us spend more time sitting than we did just a decade ago, a recent study reveals. Middle-aged men spend close to half an hour longer seated at a desk every weekday and sometimes even on a Saturday, than their older counterparts did, according to a recent study by the University of Edinburgh. Meanwhile, working women under 45 years of age, spend only six minutes short of elderly people, including those in nursing facilities. But fear not! These are the eight exercises that anyone can do, from Senior Citizens to Office Workers. These exercises can fit into any schedule including a work day, enabling you to stay healthy and have strength in your muscles.

The simple moves, including a chair twist and a buttock squeeze, have been recommended by a leading Physiotherapist, who warns that our ‘dangerously sedentary’ lifestyles are putting us at risk. Being inactive can be linked to type 2 diabetes, weight
gain and mobility problems. Furthermore, muscles can shorten and weaken if you don’t use them, which can lead to poor posture,
upper and lower back pain, plus muscle cramps.

There are topical pain relief options available, such as drug-free creams, glide on gels, patches and now even spray on relief. Most of which can be applied as often as required to provide fast-acting relief for sharp, shooting muscle and joint pain.

Most of us know the risks of being too sedentary and want to be healthier, however finding the time to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, five times a week, can be a challenge. Doctors are now saying that just moving or walking for 10 minutes a day will help to improve health and strengthen muscles.

One of those important “MUSCLES” is our heart. Mobility is vital to strengthening our hearts and keeping them healthy.  There are many people who have heart conditions that limit their mobility. They need to check with their doctors before beginning any type of exercise, as should anyone else with a medical condition, however, the exercises that can be done while sitting should be less strenuous than other types of exercises.

By making a commitment to yourself, to do these simple exercises at least ten minutes each day, can bring great benefits to your overall health.

Equipment needed: You and a good sturdy Chair

1.
Sit with you back upright.Head and neck straight.  Lift one arm at a time, stretching your arm straight up like you’re grabbing the sky. Wiggle your fingers, make a fist like you grabbed a bit of the sky and then lower your arm.  Do the same with your other arm. Start small try to do this five times with each arm.

2.
Breathe in slowly through your nose, to the count of 5 and exhale slowly through your nose to the count of 5. Notice how calm you are feeling. Breathing though the nose helps to send more oxygen to our vital organs. This exercise can even be done to help calm you if you are feeling anxious.

3.
Try to lift one leg at a time, bend at the knee if you are not able to raise it up and straight out in front of you. Raise it to either being straight out in front of you or with your knee bent as high as you can, but do not overdo it and not to the point
that you lose your balance. When your leg is lifted try to move your foot in a circular motion or wiggle it from left to right if you cannot move it in a circle. Lift each leg 5 times and move your foot.

4.
With your foot on the floor, extend or  move one leg out in front of you and while keeping your heal on the floor, move your foot, bringing in towards you and then out like your pointing your toes, keeping your heal on the floor. Flex your foot five times and then do the other foot.  By stretching and flexing you are actually moving the muscles in your calves and thighs, without any strain.

5.
Now place your arms on your hips, while sitting up straight. Move at your waist, bending to the side but not too far. We don’t want you to fall off your chair. Now move to your other side and bend sideways, but not too far.  Remember it is important
to keep your balance, safety is your priority.  It will become easier as you gain more flexibility. Try to repeat 5 times on each side.

6.
Now sit up straight, try to move your shoulders back and then forward, slowly. Repeat 5 times if you are able to.

7.
Now while still sitting up straight, turn your head to the right, back to center, then turn it to the left. Then move your head like you’re placing it on your shoulder, move to the right side shoulder then to the left. Now try to look straight ahead and raise your chin upwards, moving your head back.  Do all of these motions slowly, take your time in doing them. Try to repeat 5 times, but if not just work up to five.

8.
Last, sit straight up,arms out to your side and move them in a circle forward and backward 5 times.Then bend your elbows and touch your fists together and pull them apart while keeping your elbows up. Stretch like your pushing your elbows backward, then bring them back together, repeat this 5 times if possible.  When you do this you are exercising your arm, chest and back muscles. By sitting up straight you are helping to strengthen your lower back.

For more information on how to Sit and Get Fit or easy exercises for Seniors, check out a variety of videos for sale on Amazon.com, or watch it on PBS TV.

organic vitamins

Why Organic Vitamins Are A Must Have For Healthy Living

Organic vitamins for a healthy lifestyle

It is a well-known fact that health is wealth. The health of an individual is of much more worth than that of other things, as it allows people to carry out their daily tasks. Thus, you should eat healthy food, in order to keep the body fit and fine. Healthy food includes foods which are rich in nutrients, like vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals and proteins. However, you should avoid inorganic food, which is often laden with chemicals. These chemicals are very harmful to the body and can lead to deteriorating health.

Many people buy vitamin supplements which can help in fulfilling the needs of the body. However, several vitamin supplements are synthetically prepared from seashells, corals, and rocks. Chemicals, such as the likes of calcium carbonate, calcium citrate and more, are derived from these objects. Even though these chemicals are from natural objects, they still aren’t organic in nature. In organic vitamins, no such chemicals are found. It is good to remember that our bodies are able to use nutrients from natural foods, but not from synthetic ones. Thus, organic vitamins are what you should be really consuming.

Why use organic vitamins?

Organic vitamins are useful in more than one way. Some of these ways are listed below.

Free from harmful chemicals

Organic vitamins can be used by the body, as they do not contain any chemical compounds. Often, many vitamin supplements sold in the markets contains chemical compounds, which aren’t really good for the human body. Such chemicals can even be toxic to the body and can also cause diseases. Thus, organic vitamins are the best supplements to go for.

Better eyesight

Organic vitamins are required for enhancing and maintaining good eyesight. These help in avoiding eyesight-related maladies like cataract, night blindness, and glaucoma. Eating vegetables, like spinach, carrots, and collard greens can help in improving the eyesight since these food items are enriched with organic vitamins. Also, these veggies are really helpful in building the immune system in children. They even protect people by fighting malignant cells that cause cancer!

Ensures the proper working of the heart and manages blood pressure

Organic vitamins are very helpful for cardiac patients, as it can help them by regulating their blood pressure. This will ensure the proper working of the heart and reduces the chances of a heart attack. Also, these vitamins help in making the skin free of wrinkles and making them look younger. Thus, eggs and tuna are an important part of a diet.

Faster hair growth and protection from different types of cancer

Cancer is a really horrifying disease, which results in the body slowly withering away. No one wants to contract such disease, obviously. Thus, intake of organic vitamins is the best way to prevent this horrible disease. Vitamin E is found in olives, sunflower seeds, and almonds, and can be of immense help in this regard. Also, this vitamin makes both the hair and the skin look younger and beautiful.

Better nutrient absorption

Some nutrients, such as phosphorus and calcium, are absorbed by the intestines. Vitamins present in foods like cheese, mushroom and salmon can assist in the easy absorption of nutrients. These nutrients, besides reducing stress, can also help in reducing muscle cramps.

Faster cell production

Vitamin B6 helps the body in the production of cells. Another thing that this vitamin does is that it helps in maintaining the immune system of the body, which enhances the body’s chances to prevent diseases. Also, vitamin B6 hones the nervous system.

Vitamin B6 promotes the growth and maintenance of Leucocytes, which are commonly known as white blood cells. These cells produce antibodies which protect the body from diseases. Also, B6 helps in reducing stress and hormonal balance. This vitamin can be obtained from fishes, carrots, bananas, cabbages, melons, yeast, and avocados.

Improves blood clotting

The vitamin K can help in faster blood clotting, preventing major loss of blood from the body. Thus, it speeds up the rate of healing of wounds. This organic vitamin can be found in whole grains, green veggies, and cod-liver oil.

Energy booster

Every type of vitamin can boost the energy of a person. Thus, good organic vitamins are very important in the growing years. During these years, people must drink milk and eat vitamin-rich food items, like livers, kidneys, green leafy veggies and more.

Better healing of wounds and infections

Organic vitamins are useful to fight infections resulting from wounds and the likes. Vitamin B5 helps in the faster healing of wounds, both internal and external, and helps in cellular regeneration. Foods that include Vitamin B5 are eggs, kidneys, and livers, fish etc.

As you can see, organic vitamins are very useful and better than inorganic vitamins in many aspects. Vitamins are very beneficial for the health of humans. Organic vitamins can be found in a variety of plants and animals. These are very much required for growth and maintenance of the body and the various biological processes.

Organic Foods

What Are the Benefits of Organic Foods?

The organic foods movement has really taken off over the last decade. At one time, you could only find organic foods in health food stores but now there is quite a large selection in just about any supermarket or grocery store. While prices have come down some over the years, items that are certified organic are usually still more expensive than non-organic choices.

What exactly is “organic?”

Organic fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, dairy products, and even non-food items are grown according to stringent regulations set out by the USDA. They must be produced without any chemical pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. They must be grown using organic farming techniques and without using any hormones or antibiotics.

What are the benefits of organic foods?

Taste – Organic fruits and vegetables tend to by juicier, sweeter and more flavourful. Grown in rich, fertile soil, organic produce is very rich in flavour and nutrients, and since it is usually grown closer to home, tends to be fresher than imported non-organic produce. While organic produce tends to spoil faster due to the lack of preservatives, it is still a much better choice. You may also see a difference in the way the fruits and vegetables look – they may be slightly smaller or not perfectly shaped. This is how produce grown naturally is supposed to look! Organic meat comes from animals that are free to graze and benefit from fresh air, fresh water and healthy organic foods sources, making the meat much more flavourful.

Health Benefits – chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers are known carcinogens. These sprays and additives are applied liberally to non-organic food and they do leave a residue on the fruit as well as often penetrating the skin as well. Washing produce does not remove all of the harmful chemicals. Organic produce is grown without the use of these harmful chemicals. There is also the benefit of not having the toxic run-off from the farms polluting our waters. Workers on organic farms are not exposed to these deadly chemicals either, unlike their non-organic farm worker counterparts. Organic meat animals lead much healthier lives than the commercially farmed animals. Rather than living in a cage barely big enough to fit in, wallowing in their own waste, organic animals are allowed to graze freely in fields with fresh water and clean surroundings. This means that they don’t have to be pumped with antibiotics just to survive their lifestyles. Organic meat and dairy animals are also not given any hormones or other chemicals.

Regulation – In order to be certified organic, farms need to meet very strict regulations in their farming methods. If you see a “certified organic” seal on your food, you can be sure that that item has been carefully produced and its source has undergone careful inspection and certification by the USDA.

Resistance of Disease and Allergies – As mentioned above, the chemicals used in commercial farming are known to cause cancer, so by eating more organic food, you will be reducing your risk of these cancers. The over-use of antibiotics in meat and dairy is causing antibiotic-resistant strains of viruses and diseases as well. The prevalence of food allergies is growing at an alarming rate. Part of the reason for this is the unhealthy farming methods used in traditional farming. Raising your children on organic produce, meat and dairy products can significantly reduce the risk of them developing food allergies.

Environmental Benefits – Today’s agriculture industry is ravaging our earth. Soil erosion form over-farming is becoming a huge problem and commercial farms are one of the biggest contributors to water pollution with the toxic runoff from the farms. Organic farming builds up the soil by crop rotation and the use of compost and manure. Since no chemicals are used, water pollution is not an issue either.

Supporting Local Farmers – Studies report that half of the food produced in the US comes from only 1% of the farms. Local farmers are struggling to maintain their market share in the industry. With the increase in smaller organic farms, we are starting to have healthier choices when it comes to our food sources. Since there are no preservatives used in organic food production, that means stores need to source the food from much closer. By buying organic food from your grocery store, farmers markets and vegetable stands, you are supporting the local economy while getting healthier choices for your family’s meals.

While buying organic may cost you a bit more on your grocery bill, the benefits really outweigh the cost. You’ll be healthier, feel better about the foods you’re feeding your family, and be doing your part to preserve our environment. Your food will taste better, and your local farmers will thank you too.

Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening – What Are the Benefits of Organic Gardening?

Organic gardening is a form of agriculture that does not use synthetic artificial fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified organisms. The goals of organic gardening is to maintain diverse crops, keep soils healthy, reduce pollution, avoid synthetic artificial fertilizers and pesticides in gardening, and promote environmental friendliness and biodiversity. Organic gardening avoids the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and instead relies on an ecologically sound approach. The avoidance of pesticide residue adds greater nutritional benefits of organic food, effectively conserves crop soils, and promotes biodiversity of organisms in the garden.

Conventional farming allows the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides to control or eradicate weeds while organic gardening promotes the rotation of crops, tilling, hand picking or mulching to control the weeds and uses no form of pesticides. Since organic food is picked when it is ripe, the food has been able to absorb all the traces of vitamins and minerals which is lacking in conventional foods. Conventional foods are picked when the vegetables are still green thus not having the opportunity to absorb all the vitamins and minerals that the soil offers. Organic farming can produce up to two or three times as much food as conventional gardening. The use of compost, manure mulch and other organic fertilizers yields a higher organic content of soils on organic gardens and helps limit soil degradation and erosion.

Organic gardening is widely known for its positive effect on soil matter, soil organisms, and soil physical structure, and can achieve this without the use of herbicides, and pesticides which pollute both the soil and the water. Organic gardening protects and enhancing soil fertility. Organic gardening is designed to work with the ecological systems and minimally disturb the Earth’s natural balance. Because of this organic farmers have been interested in reduced-tillage methods.

Conventional agriculture uses mechanical tillage, which is plowing or sowing, which is harmful to the environment. The impact of tilling in organic farming is much less of an issue. Ploughing speeds up erosion because the soil remains uncovered for a long period of time and if it has a low content of organic matter the structural stability of the soil decreases.

Organic farmers use techniques such as mulching, planting cover crops, and intercropping, to maintain a soil cover throughout most of the year. The use of compost, manure mulch and other organic fertilizers yields a higher organic content of soils on organic farms and helps limit soil degradation and erosion. Organic farming practices is widely known for its positive effect on soil matter, soil organisms, and soil physical structure, and can achieve this without the use of herbicides, and pesticides which pollute both the soil and the water.

Organic Foods

What Are Organic Foods: What’s the Difference?

If you are just beginning to enjoy healthy living and transforming your life by making as many healthy lifestyle choices as possible you may be wondering what are organic foods. What’s the difference between conventionally raised foods and organic foods? What makes them so special and worth more money?

The answers are varied, and when you find out what makes organic foods better than conventionally raised products, you may find yourself hurrying to make the transition to healthier food choices. Here is an easy to understand guide to what are organic foods, that explains how they are different, and why they are better.

What are Organic Foods? – Raised Without Chemical Pesticides and Herbicides
Harsh chemical pesticides and herbicides are designed to do one thing: They have been created to kill. Farmers who use conventional methods spray their crops in order to increase yield, not to make the foods they grow healthier. When you choose organic foods, you are assured that these chemicals so not find their way into your own personal food chain. Best of all, you can feel good knowing that the healthy food choices you are making are not having a negative effect on the environment.

What are Organic Foods? – Raised Without Genetic Modification
GMO’s, or Genetically Modified Organisms, have been altered by scientists to display certain traits. For instance some plants, especially corn, which is a component in most conventional processed foods, is commonly engineered to resist pesticides and to tolerate unhealthy soil conditions. In some cases, these plants have been engineered to act as pesticides themselves. Is this something you really want to eat? The only way you can be sure you are not eating something made with GMO’s is to eat organic foods, including meat, eggs, and dairy.

Conventional Foods Are Often Harmful to the Environment
Chemical fertilizers sourced from petroleum are often used to augment soil which has been weakened by cycle after cycle of growing the exact same thing. These chemical fertilizers not only increase dependence on petroleum and affect the prices we pay for everything, they also end up leaching into the soil and groundwater. Major fish kills in rivers like the Shenandoah have been blamed on toxic fertilizers.

What are Organic Foods? – Animal Products That Do Not Contain Hormones and Antibiotics
Animals living in close proximity to one another on factory farms are often fed antibiotics in order to prevent them from contracting illnesses that don’t occur when they live in normal, uncrowded and natural conditions. These antibiotics can make their way into your food, and into your bloodstream. The medical community is concerned that this overuse of antibiotics may cause your own resistance to the drugs to be increased, so that if you need to take a course of antibiotics for an illness, they may not work as they were designed to.

Some animals are given hormones to make them produce more food faster – for instance, dairy cattle are often given hormones to cause them to produce greater quantities of milk. In addition, they are fed food that contains non-organic elements. In many cases, they are given food that contains animal proteins, even though they are not designed to eat these substances. These drugs and hormones, as well as the GMOs and other harmful substances fed to factory farm animals can find their way into your body, and the only way to avoid them is to choose organic foods.

If you are concerned about your health, and want to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, then all these things can stand in the way. Now that you know what are organic foods, you can take a proactive role in your own health, by limiting your exposure to harmful chemicals – and you’ll be helping the planet, too.

Staying Young

Staying Young In The Natural Ways

Staying Young In The Natural Ways

It is no longer a question of facts of myths eating healthy slows down your aging, food that offers anti-aging benefits. Sometimes, a supplement beauty product may slow down your aging rate.. Here are four health boosters that will help you look and feel great from inside and out.

1. RESVERATROL
This is a powerful, natural occurring polyphenol found in the stems, seeds and skin of red wine grapes, and other plants. According to research, they suggest that resveratrol boosts energy, inhibits the development of cancer not forgetting breast cancer, helps prevent heart diseases, and reduces a risk of inflammation and blood clotting. In Harvard University the study shows that it slows the aging process, in addition to that it fights environmental toxins to keep skin supple and reduce wrinkles:

  • Peanut butter
  • red grapes
  • red and white wine
  • red grape juice
  • blueberries
  • cranberries
  • Reservage Organics Resveratrol supplements
  • Caudalie Vinexpert Anti-Aging Serum Eyes and Lips.

2. OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
These are usually the unsaturated fatty acids that the body needs to function and stay healthy. Their functions is to reduce your risk of heart disease by 30%, they soothe inflammation, regulate cholesterol; alleviate symptoms of depression, and keeps your skin smooth.

You can find them in Salmon, rainbow trout, flaxseed, walnuts, tuna, anchovies, sardines

3. ANTIOXIDANTS
These are vitamins and minerals found in foods that are essential for Staying Young as well as enzymes which are proteins in your body that assist in your body system in many chemical reactions. For Vitamins A, C, and E are very important. Their functions is to delay aging and prevents cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; they also help reduce inflammation and may stop pigment formation, antioxidants also help keep skin bright and supple.

On regular basis try to eat some:

  • Spinach
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • prunes
  • raisins
  • kale
  • pumpkin seeds
  • Nature’s Way Orchard Fruit
  • Ren Frankincense Vitamin A C E Revitalising Body Cream
  • Jason Natural Cosmetics Vitamin E Hand and Body Lotion.

4. CoQ10
Ubiquinone, also called Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10, is a natural, powerful antioxidant that’s naturally produced inside your body. It is found in cell membranes in the heart, kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, adrenal glands, and the pancreas. Coenzyme Q10 is essential to our health, but unfortunately, our body’s level of the enzyme decreases with age.

What it does: Like all antioxidants, CoQ10 can help boost heart health and cut your cancer risk; it can also reduce the incidence of migraines by up to 50 percent, and fights periodontal disease. It keeps skin firm and smooth, and reduces the severity of wrinkles.

To eat:

  • Pistachios
  • walnuts
  • soybean and rapeseed oil
  • mackerel
  • tuna

Staying Young In The Natural Ways

organic food

Organic Food – Better For Everyone

Organic food, once seen as the preserve of specialist health shops, is very much a mainstream option now, with major retailers dedicating increasing amounts of shelf space to organic produce.

The number of purchasers of foods produced without the aid of artificial chemicals is growing each year, as more and more people become aware of the benefits that going organic brings.

Organic food – better for you
Foods that are organic have been grown in soils that have not been sprayed with chemical fertilisers and pesticides. When you eat food that has been chemically treated, these toxic chemicals enter your body cells and bloodstream.

  • Organic produce simply tastes better and more natural.
  • Fresh organic produce contains many more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Organic food – better for animals
Helping to create a more compassionate food market is another advantage of organic produce. If you eat animal foods, then buying organic means you can be sure the animal was properly cared for during its life, which in itself brings health benefits for the buyer.Organic farming promotes animal welfare in several ways, including:

  • Shorter transport times to slaughter.
  • Animals being fed proper grass and organic grains.
  • The freedom for animals to roam in their natural environment.

When animals are fed and treated naturally, then their meat is free from harmful toxins. Moreover, the absence of chemical spray on organic farms means that birds, insects and animals are more abundant on organic farms, as are rare plants and flowers.

Organic food – better for the environment
Most people simply do not understand the environmental degradation caused by non-organic farming. Nitrous oxide, found in large quantities in pesticides, is a greenhouse gas and contributes significantly to climate change, as do methane emissions from over-fed, factory-farmed animals.

Organic farmers add natural fertiliser to their plants rather than the artificial versions of nitrogen that run into – and pollute – our water supplies. Using natural, traditional forms of farming is much kinder to the earth. Organic methods help prevent soil erosion, and land cultivated in this way contains many more nutrients than intensively farmed terrain.

Go organic today
Certified organic produce is better for you, animals and the earth. Organic farming is not some sort of a new fad – in fact, before the 1940s it was the only type of farming that existed. Since then, allergies have increased, as have other health problems linked with the consumption of artificial fertilisers and pesticides.

One common objection is that organic produce is too expensive. Granted, organic food does cost slightly more than non-organic produce; however, the difference is not as great as is sometimes believed. And anyway, surely it’s worth paying that little bit more to help protect farm workers, animals, the earth and your family’s long-term health?

Are Organic Foods Right for You?

To answer the question, we need to know what organic foods really are.

OK, so what are organic foods?

Essentially, organic pertains to the way agricultural produce and products are grown and processed.

To be classified as organic, crops must be grown in safe and natural soil, must have no modifications – genetic or otherwise – and must be separated from conventional produce and products.

Organic crops are not exposed to synthetic pesticides, GMOs and fertilizers that are petroleum-based or sewage sludge-based. Organic farming practices include the usage of natural fertilizers such as compost and manure to feed soil and plants.

Crop rotation, mulching and tilling are used to control weeds, while insects are controlled using natural methods such as traps and birds.

Similarly, organic livestock must be raised on a diet of organic feed and must have adequate access to the outdoors; they should not be administered growth hormones, antibiotics, or any animal-by-products.

How do organic foods benefit me?

Organic foods are associated with a variety of benefits – due to the absence of chemicals and artificial treatments, they spare the ecosystem the damage, and are strongly believed to deliver great benefits to your health.

1. Organic foods are safer to consume

Since these foods are pesticide and chemical free, there are no harmful residues that are left on the foods, making them several times safer than conventionally grown foods that employ fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. This translates to lesser bouts of food-borne diseases.

2. They are healthier for you

They are a richer source of antioxidants as compared to conventionally grown foods. Studies have indicated that organic fruits and vegetables contain 27% more Vitamin C, 21.1% more Iron, 29.3% more Magnesium, 13.6% more Phosphorus, and 18% more Polyphenols while organic meats are less fatty. They have also noted that dairy products from organically raised livestock are healthier than conventionally produced dairy products – specifically, the content of Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants were significantly higher in organically produced milk.

3. They are often fresher

They are typically fresher as they are not preserved using chemical preservatives or agents. Hence these foods have shorter shelf life than the ones that are conventionally grown. This leads to quicker and more regular replenishment of fresher stock for consumption.

4. Organic farming is greener

Besides delivering health benefits, organic farming is better for the environment. These farming practices work to reduce air pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion and increase soil fertility, and consume lesser energy.

So, are organic foods right for me?